Exodus 20:4-5 "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,"
We have made education an idol. By proclaiming education is the answer to all social ills: poverty, racism, crime, sexism, bigotry, we worship at the alter of education. I start with education because I believe it was the Supreme Courts Ruling against prayer in schools that begun the Judgement we are seeing today. The 1962 ruling is a watershed moment; for more on how this effected education, look at these shocking statistics. What I find interesting is that we seemed to have stopped measuring the effects. A quick Google search turns up several sites but most of them stop with figures from the early 1990's. Perhaps it's too depressing to contemplate, even for statisticians.
"Visiting iniquity upon the children to the third and fourth generations to those who hate Me." Approximately 4 generations of children have gone through public schools K-12 since the ruling. Dr. Wendy Bradshaw's resignation letter to the Polk Country School Board has reverberated with parents, students, and teachers across the country, the picture it paints is stark and startling. There is a hopelessness and frustration in the letter that captures what so many Americans feel today on an entire host of issues.
Universities have become corrupt cesspools of liberal fascism and ignorance. College students will sign petitions to ban water, kill babies up to five year old, and repeal the bill of rights. Tuition bankrupts students intellectually and monetarily while giving them little of what it takes to become a functioning and contributing member of society. Students are concerned with idiotic issues like gender specific pronouns being acts of micro-aggression. Professors have to give "Trigger Warnings" to the pampered students because these fragile souls might get their feelings hurt! This new generation of kids... well, even this liberal professor is afraid of them.
From Common Core, to the skyrocketing cost of tuition and student debt, to zero tolerance policies that expose ridiculous loss of common sense. In the end, the thing that we have loved so much has become ridiculous. Sadly, even the church is not immune to this false worship. The Lord's Judgement of the education system is clear to those with the eyes to see.